Marking the start of the charity’s 25th anniversary celebrations, the High Sheriff of Essex, Charles Bishop, and the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Liz Green, made a joint visit to Essex & Herts Air Ambulance yesterday (Thursday 1st June).

The visit took place at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s airbase at North Weald, where they were welcomed by Chair of Trustees, Jonathan Trower and CEO, Jane Gurney, before meeting some of the charity’s volunteers and members of the clinical, fundraising and operational teams. They then had a tour of the state-of-the-art airbase so they could see first-hand the work being done by the charity in achieving its vision; to deliver 24-hour life-saving pre hospital care to the people of Essex, Hertfordshire, and the surrounding areas.

The visit also coincided with the start of a summer of celebrations to mark Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s 25th anniversary. Between June and September, this milestone year for the charity will be marked with special events that are aimed at thanking everyone who is involved with and has supported the organisation over the years.

As well as team and volunteer celebration events taking place over the summer, there will be a special 25-year Summer Raffle. However, perhaps its most important event takes place on Tuesday 11th July, when the entire team at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance will take to the phones in a massive ‘Thank-a-thon’, which will see individuals representing all areas of the charity calling supporters just to say, ‘thank you’.

Jane Gurney, CEO of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance said: “It is fantastic that both the High Sheriffs of the counties we serve were able to join us to mark the start of our 25th celebrations. It is a real privilege to have led Essex & Herts Air Ambulance through so many milestones over the years, and to work alongside our amazing supporters, our dedicated staff and volunteers, and our highly skilled critical care teams. However, it goes without saying our patients and their families are the ones who truly inspire me and my team the most, to continue to deliver our life saving service today and into the future.

“The team and I are looking forward to taking every opportunity to say, ‘thank you’ to communities, individuals and businesses throughout Essex and Hertfordshire for their continued support – we just couldn’t fly without them.”

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